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Monday, February 02, 2009

Taylor up for Ricoh revenge

Phil Taylor will be on a revenge mission when the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts visits Coventry's Ricoh Arena later this month.

Taylor will be joined by seven other darts stars as the tournament returns to Coventry for the third of 14 league nights on Thursday, February 19.

He faces Herefordshire's Terry "The Bull" Jenkins at the Ricoh Arena in the first of four games to be played on the night, in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Taylor lost to Peter Manley at the venue last year, a week after Jenkins had also defeated the 14-time World Champion in Manchester - and 'The Power' is out to erase those memories.

"I'm looking forward, in a perverse way, to getting back to Coventry," said Taylor.

"After last year's result I'm really keen to put on a better show this time around! Peter Manley rubbed it in a bit when he beat me, and it spurred me on to turn my game around and get back to the top last year.

"My game's totally different now and I'll be full of confidence for the Premier League, so bring it on!

"Terry's a tremendous player and he's really come back into form in the last few months and it should be a good battle.

"He beat me in the Premier League last year and I've not forgotten that, and hopefully I can give the fans in Coventry a night to remember."

The night will also see the players ranked second and third in the world - James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld - meet before Mervyn King faces three-time World Champion John Part.

The final game sees the tournament's two wildcard selections, Holland's former World Champion Jelle Klaasen and crowd favourite Wayne "Hawaii 501" Mardle, go head-to-head.

Tickets (£30 and £20) are available from the Ricoh on 08444 121 747, with a family enclosure also available.

By Danielle Hicks on Feb 2, 09 11:19 AM (story source...)
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